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The evolutionary basis for ticklish armpits.

This evening I set to work studying, amongst other things, the anatomy of the axilla. I.e. the armpit. As it turns out, the armpit has function apart from repelling treadmill neighbors at the gym: it houses many important structures, including the axillary artery and brachial plexus–a branch of nerves that give function to the entire arm. 89 more words

sound waves to classify cells

Researchers from MIT and Carnegie Mellon University have developed a new technique for cell sorting using sound waves. Applications in the field of diagnostics are possible… 419 more words


September 2 - Jimminy Cricket!

Today’s factismal: Citizen scientists have discovered that Asian cave crickets now outnumber North American cave crickets on the East Coast.

One of the most common questions asked about citizen science is “Does it really matter?” And that’s understandable. 364 more words


Buffered Qualitative Stability explains the robustness and evolvability of transcriptional networks

The gene regulatory network (GRN) is the central decision‐making module of the cell. We have developed a theory called Buffered Qualitative Stability (BQS) based on the hypothesis that GRNs are organised so that they remain robust in the face of unpredictable environmental and evolutionary changes. 110 more words


Look Before You Leap

We all know Frogs are masters at jumping, but did you know that some species still struggle to land both smoothly and gracefully?

Naively, I assumed that all frogs jump in a similar manner. 463 more words


Curriculum for Teaching Science and Scientific Thinking (Essential Skills Series)

See Essential Skills for a Modern World for an overview of this series on science and critical thinking skills.  I discuss science and scientific thinking in the post… 1,274 more words